My grandchildren are moving into their teenage years. It’s hard to find novels that aren’t romance or vampire. Many of the books classified YA assume early dating relationships and sexual activity. There is a superficial treatment of important decisions, such as unwed teen pregnancy. If the teen likes adventure, the content usually includes descriptive and
Hope. Hope is the path through the darkness of mental illness for families. We need hope to be able to take the next step, then the next one, and next one. Brenda Poinsett’s 30 Days of Hope for Dealing with Depression helps us take that next step. 30 Days of Hope is a devotional with 30 devotions
Brian G. Hedges, author of Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians, tells in the Introduction of a being asked, “Why Colossians?” Hedges explains the questioner said that Colossians wasn’t a letter often heard about, unlike Philippians. His response is all the more reason to study it. Honestly, when was the last time any of
Finally. That was my first response to Dr. Earl Henslin’s book This is Your Brain on Joy. Finally, a psychologist who recognizes the spiritually of a person. Finally, a Christian who understands the physical aspects of mental illness. Dr. Henslin explains how the brain works and how each area of the brain affects each person.
I confess. I like to read apocalypse fiction. Sometimes it’s for the humor of it: Doesn’t everyone understand the impossibility of an earthquake so massive that Las Vegas becomes a beach town? Other disaster stories make me think: What if I were in that situation? How would I respond? That’s the mindset Sam Sheridan had
Too often “the classics” of literature are considered too old and too difficult for our children to tackle. As our kids’ teachers, we try to put on a happy face and tell them they’ll love it. If we’re honest with ourselves and our children, we have to admit we used Cliff Notes when during our
Our family traveled a lot when I was growing up. My dad’s job moved us around the country and Dad made sure we visited important sites in each area. Now I often say I learned more on the road than in the classroom. Not all families are blessed to move or travel around the country.
Finding books for teenaged boys is tough. When my sons were in their teens I couldn’t find stories they were interested in that weren’t adult. By adult, I mean R-rated, at best. Books written for boys are for younger boys, not bad stories but written with 8-to 13-year-olds in mind. I’m hearing that the problem
When I was raising my family I didn’t like going to church on Mother’s Day. Not because someone else had the oldest/youngest/most children, but because more often than not the sermon was based on Proverbs 31. We moms feel guilty enough without an annual reminder that we don’t measure to the ideal women in the
I hate to cook. I hate to bake. Therefore, I hate potlucks, or as they’re called in my part of Texas, covered-dish dinners. I said it for all to hear. Yes, I hear the gasps out there, but it’s true. And I bet I’m not the only one out there. You may be asking yourself